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MAY 2016
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Message from the Director

Dear Friends of the UCLA American Indian Studies Center,

We have some wonderful events scheduled this month, so please join us. Hope to see you all there!



Congratulations to Angela Robinson, Winner of the Summer Institute on Global Indigeneities (SIGI)

Congratulations to Angela Robinson (Wito clan of Chuuk, Micronesia), an ABD student in the UCLA Gender Studies program, winner of the Summer Institute on Global Indigeneities (SIGI) competition!

Robinson will be representing UCLA in June 2016 at the University of Washington where the Summer Institute on Global Indigeneities (SIGI) will be hosted. SIGI is a program for 12 graduate students from UW and partner institutions. The product of on-going conversations and collaboration among scholars at the Universities of Hawai`i (Manoa), British Columbia (Vancouver), California (Los Angeles), Minnesota (Twin Cities) and Washington (Seattle), SIGI is a pilot program for what we hope will become an annual meeting of junior and senior scholars in the interdisciplinary and global field of Indigenous and Native Studies.


"The Promises, Possibilities, and Tensions of Tribal Nation Building in Higher Education: A Case Study" Bryan McKinley Jones Brayboy
President's Professor and Borderlands Professor of Indigenous Education and Justice in the School of Social Transformation at ASU

Tuesday, May 3, 2016
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM - Light refreshments and conversation
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM - Talk and Q&A
Moore Hall 3340, Reading Room

In this talk, Professor Brayboy will offer an overview of nation building in higher education. The talk will be guided by the following questions: What is tribal nation building in higher education, and how can we engage in it in meaningful ways? In his response, he will engage sovereignties, self-determination, and capacity building/strengthening as a framing mechanism to outline the ways that nation building guided the creation and implementation of the Pueblo Doctoral Cohort at Arizona State University, and the unintended consequences for ASU.

Hosted by the George F. Kneller Endowment in Education & Anthropology and the UCLA American Indian Studies Program

Please RSVP to June Kim at


"Contemporary Mexican Featherwork: An Ancient Tradition" María Olvido Moreno will discuss the history and evolution of Mexican featherwork.

Wednesday, May 04, 2016
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Bunche Hall 6275
History Conference Room

Dr. María Olvido Moreno Guzmán
Coordinator of “Project Prehispanic Mural Painting in Mexico”
Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas, UNAM, Mexico

Ancient Mexico’s featherwork technology is lost. This artistic expression was built on centuries of accumulated knowledge and technical improvements. We know of the existence of featherwork art in Prehispanic Mexico thanks to archaeology and the various Mesoamerican art forms such as ceramics, stone sculptures, codices, and mural paintings.

In the imaginary collective, there is a false belief that current Mexican feather-work shares the same techniques and materials of Pre-Columbian and colonial times. In fact, contemporary amantecas (featherwork artists) apply techniques that have little to do with those of the earlier periods. Today’s featherwork should be considered and appreciated as an evolution of this art form.

Hosted by the UCLA Latin American Institute
Sponsor(s): UCLA Getty, Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, Center for Mexican Studies, UCLA American Indian Studies Center, UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center


El Penacho de Moctezuma Screening of "Penacho de Moctezuma." A Q&A with Dr. María Olvido Moreno Guzmán will follow.
Friday, May 06, 2016
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Royce Hall 314

Multipremiado documental que aborda la investigación en torno al llamado “Penacho de Moctezuma”. Basado en los estudios que la especialista en arte plumario, María Olvido Moreno Guzmán, realizó junto a un equipo de investigadores de México y Austria, el documental narra la historia de la pieza, describe las técnicas de manufactura, revela los resultados de las investigaciones científicas, y discute los mitos que se han generado en torno a esta emblemática pieza.

Hosted by the UCLA Latin American Institute
Sponsor(s): UCLA Getty, Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, Center for Mexican Studies, UCLA American Indian Studies Center, UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center


The 31st Annual UCLA Pow Wow by the UCLA American Indian Student Association
Saturday-Sunday, May 7-8, 2016
UCLA North Athletic Field

Open to the Public and Free Admission
Parking Available in Lot 4 & 7 - $12/Day
Master of Ceremonies- Ral Christman (Kumeyaay)
Arena Director- Victor Chavez (Dine)
Head Man- Darren Henson (Cherokee)
Head Woman- Realynn Bichitty (Dine/Apache)
Head Judge- Lambert Yazzie (Dine)
Host Gourd Society/Color Guard- Golden State Gourd Society
Host Northern Drum- Rock Bear (Farmington, NM)
Host Southern Drum- Hale & Company (Pico Rivera, CA)
Ms. UCLA Pow Wow Pageant
All Dancers and Singers welcome!
Gourd Dancing 11 AM | Grand Entry 1 PM
Special Contests:
Drum Contest in honor of Henry Hale
Straight Dance Special
Attendees are encouraged to bring your own chairs and canopies
Dance Registration Closes at 2 PM on Saturday
For more information contact:
UCLA Pow Wow Committee
3201 Campbell Hall, Box 951548
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Phone: 310-206-8043
Office #: 310-206-8043 (answering machine)
Co-sponsored by the UCLA American Indian Studies Center


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